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Forum staff reports, Published August 27 2012

Berg, Pawlenty still slated to speak at Republican National Convention

TAMPA, Fla. – Despite Mother Nature forcing last-minute schedule changes, politicians from North Dakota and Minnesota will still have their time in the spotlight at the Republican National Convention this week in Tampa.

North Dakota Republican Senate candidate and current Rep. Rick Berg is scheduled to address GOP delegates about 2 p.m. Tuesday, Berg’s campaign said.

Berg was supposed to speak today, but national GOP organizers canceled the first day of events at the convention, fearing impacts from Tropical Storm Isaac, which is now targeting Louisiana and the Gulf Coast.

In a revised schedule released Sunday evening by the RNC, Berg was not listed as a convention speaker, but Berg’s campaign confirmed Monday morning that his speech would still take place.

Berg plans to talk about North Dakota’s economic success.

Meanwhile, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has kept his prime-time slot on Wednesday evening.

Pawlenty is scheduled to address the RNC about 9 p.m., about an hour before vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan takes the stage.